Highway Research Record

Performance Based Maintenance Management for Rural Roads

Date of Start:July 2003 to July 2006
Centre of Transportation Engineering, Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (R)

Scope and Objective
The main objective of the study is to develop various pavement deterioration models for low volume roads constructed under different schemes in Uttaranchal State in India. The pavement deterioration models will be developed based on the pavement performance data actually collected from the identified low volume road sections. Based on this pavement deterioration models, optimal maintenance strategy will be suggested for low volume roads in India.

The methodology consists of identifying in service low volume roads having different traffic, climatic and environmental condition, subrade soil etc. The periodic pavement condition data being collected on these identified low volume road sections include 3 times a year (premonsoon, post-monsoon and during winter) and for a period of about 3 years. Pavement deterioration models will be developed based upon these pavement condition data. Optimal maintenance strategy out of different maintenance strategies will be suggested based upon Life Cycle Cost Analysis using HDM-4 tool.

Findings and Conclusions
The research work is in progress. The preliminary pavement deterioration models (by calibrating HDM-4 deterioration models to local conditions) for flexible pavement of low volume road such as cracking roughness, raveling and edge break progression are being attempted from the collected pavement condition distress data.

Reports/ Publications
1. Thube, D.T., Parida, M., Jain, S.S., Research & Development Needs for Construction and Maintenance of Low Volume      Concrete Roads, Proc. Technical Paper on Seminar on Design, Construction and Maintenance of Cement Concrete      Pavements, Indian Roads Congress, New Delhi, Oct. 8-10, 2004, pp. III-295 to III-306.
2. Thube, D.T., Jain, S.S., Maintenance Management System Concepts for Low volume Roads in India, National Conference on     Advances in Road Transportation(ART-2005) held at National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Orissa during 12-13 Feb     2005, 450-456.
3. Thube, D.T., Parida, M., Jain, S.S., Economic Evaluation of Low Volume Rural Roads in India, National Conference on Recent     Trends in Highways and Bridges (RTHB-2005) held at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, during 18-19     Feb 2005, pp.146-159.
4. Jain, S.S., Parida, M., Thube, D.T., Investment and Maintenance Strategy Based on Life Cycle Cost Analysis for Low Volume     Roads in India, 4th International Workshop on Advances in Life-Cycle Cost Analysis and Design of Civil Infrastructure Systems,    Organized by, International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety, The Joint Committee on Structural Safety(JCSS)    and Co-Sponsored Structural Engineering Institute( of the ASCE), University of Colorado at Boulder, U.S.A. and University of    Nebraska, U.S.A, on May 8-11, 2005, Proceedings pp 125-133.Edited by Andrzej S. Nowak, Dan M. Frangopol